Not Just a Manger – Part I

I’m sure you’ve seen it —whether on Christmas cards or the annual Christmas play.

There’s Mary, the tender young girl, perhaps with the pillow stuffed under a lavender dress made of the finest linen sheets. Then there’s Joseph, a young man struggling, pulling an all too stubborn donkey. Joseph’s pleas for a place to stay are met with the too blunt edict: there’s no room in the inn.

But at last, a manger.

Dunbar’s Number

The Tipping Point.

It’s a famous book by Malcom Gladwell. The average person is going to have a network of 125-150 people.

This principle, called Dunbar’s Number, hits home when we see the average size of churches.  They often sit around 150 people. It’s a capacity thing.

Organizations grow to the capacity of their leader.

But Gladwell points out that there are exceptions to the rule. Some people go far beyond Dunbar’s Number.